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Turkey Tracks: Bag Obsession–June 2017

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Turkey Tracks:

Bag Obsession–June 2017

Here are two more bags made with the pet screen.  Yes, I am bag obsessed.  I’d like to make a few more that are 16 inches or so as those would store a 12-inch block project.

The little green bag is in my “traveling” kit and holds thread.  The big one is, right now, empty.  It may wind up being a gift.

I kind of feel like I’m living out of the cold frame these days in terms of food.  I’m so enjoying the fresh, fresh, fresh lettuce.  I’ve reseeded the cold frame and I noticed this morning that the seeds are sprouting.  BIT, the days are getting hotter too, which does not bode well for tender lettuce and greens.  The sprig on the left is a garlic that seeded itself into the cold frame.

I seeded this cold frame last fall and covered it–after replenishing the dirt and laying the worm castings on the top.  A raised bed is ONLY as good as the dirt inside it.  You can grow pretty things, but they will not have the nutrients you need.

Look at the blush on this particular lettuce variety.   So pretty.

I am quilting the Big Star quilt–made with selvages:

I quilted the selvage pieces on the long arm and pinned the charcoal pieces before taking the quilt off.

Now I’m using my Janome 8900 to quilt the charcoal pieces.  This machine is new, and I do love it.

A friend here fixed my sewing machine table so that I can pull it out and use the back leaf to support a quilt.

This quilt is NOT perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m learning the intricacies of the Janome 8900 (wide throat space) and enjoying being able to lay in a grid on a quilt.  I don’t have the skills to do that work on the long arm.  In any case, this quilt will be functional and fun.  You can READ it.

I color sorted my selvages and am now making rectangles–using a pattern by Amy Friend, “Circuitry” from her book INTENTIONAL PIECING, but I’m making the rectangles bigger.  I’ve done blue, aqua, red, and yellow and am working on purple.   Here are the yellows:

I’m not worried about lining up the selvages perfectly straight as selvages are kind of funky anyway.

I’m plotting which fabrics to use for my next bag project:  a fabric “thread catcher” bag for my “traveling” kit.  I actually sew rather a lot with friends, so my traveling bag is always packed and includes everything I will need.  I only have to grab it, my project, and my machine, and I’m good to go.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer!


Written by louisaenright

June 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

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  1. Love your fresh veggies. Also the salvage quilt. I’m enjoying your writings. Thanks for sharing


    June 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

  2. I can almost taste the nutrients in these food stuffs. You are the best.

    Maryann Enright

    June 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm

  3. that quilt – oh my – it is so perfectly different than any others I have seen – and all of your quilts are brilliant to begin with – what a clever idea and inspiration; I love it! I was in Maine twice this year, and was fortunate enough to visit some quilt/fabric/yarn stores between York and Portland – they were wonderful, “Happy Sewing”, Janet (YarnTaxiDriver-Ravelry)

    Janet L.

    June 24, 2017 at 8:26 am

    • We have really wonderful quilt shops in Maine–better than I had back in Virginia. If you come to the mid coast be sure to visit Alewives in Damariscotta Mills, Mainely Sewing in Nobleboro, Clementines in Rockland, and Fiddlehead in Belfast. We are so blessed to have these wonderful shops–and each is different from the others.


      June 25, 2017 at 9:14 am

      • thank you for the quilt store info….my daughter in law has just requested a king sized quilt from the Seaside Quilts book – oh my! So, if we get to Maine again this summer, I will be searching for white and blue fabrics in the stores you recommend, thank you, Janet


        June 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

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